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Queer artist Dizzy Fae is taking the world by storm with her second collection of bops, NO GMO, another eclectic mix of experimental R&B and trap anthems that proves why she's one of the most exciting new musicians in the industry.⁣ ⁣ We caught up with her on the evolution of her music, the importance of touring and why it's "about fucking time" for queer female musicians to claim the spotlight. ⁣ ⁣ SUMMER OF PRIDE • ISSUE 498⁣ Photography: @bobbyrogers_⁣ Words: @samdamshenas⁣ ⁣ AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE.⁣ Subscribe now via our bio link!

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Throughout Pride season the LGBTQ space becomes inundated with voices and experiences from every possible lived experience. ⁣⁣Amongst the madness of parties, panel discussions, rainbow sandwiches, fashion campaigns and events, there are individuals and organisations whose authenticity raises them above the noise. Travis Alabanza and Jamie Windust are two such individuals.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ As the glitter is washed into the gutters and the rainbow flags are folded away for next year, we caught up with the iconic duo ahead of their Amplify cover shoot in London to discuss being objectified by the media for their identity, why they shouldn’t be asked to speak on behalf of the entire LGBTQ community, and why they’re fed up with fighting back against cisgender gay men. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Amplify 028: Travis Alabanza + Jamie Windust⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Photography: @thehidhir ⁣⁣ Words: @pengaz ⁣⁣ Fashion: @umarsarwarx⁣⁣ Fashion Assistant: @mimahami ⁣⁣ Photography assistant: @delaliayivi⁣⁣ Make up: @jessica_doesmakeup and @umberghauri⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Hit the link in our bio to read the full digital cover story!

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Hayley Kiyoko, aka ‘Lesbian Jesus’, has said she initially wanted to reject the label of lesbian, but accepted it in order to help normalise the identity for others.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Speaking at Billboard and Hollywood Reporter’s Pride Summit, she said: “I didn’t want a label at all, but once I released my music, there was this outpour of support for the fact that I did like girls. I learned that by embracing my label as a lesbian, I was helping normalise that for so many other people.”⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Hayley also shared her fears that she wasn’t doing enough to make the LGBTQ community more visible. “Sometimes you get overwhelmed: I’m not doing enough, I’m not saying enough, she said.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Hit the link in our bio to read the full story!⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Image: @billboard

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Today marks the release of Marika Hackman’s critically-acclaimed third studio album Any Human Friend, an 11-track collection of sexually-liberated and deadpan, alternative rock anthems. It’s raw, it’s fun and – more importantly – it’s queer as fuck.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ On the record, Marika unapologetically details her experiences with sex, heartbreak and masturbation; these themes are most evident on Hand Solo and All Night, the latter of which is a steamy tale of same-sex desire.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ “I now feel like I can talk about my sexuality in the sense of just sex, and being single again and kind of exploring that,” she tells us of her songwriting process. “I didn’t sit down and think, ‘Oh I’m gonna step up the sex on this album.' It was more of where my head was at, and I felt confident enough to be really fucking direct with the lyrics.”⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ We caught up the British rocker over a cuppa in London Fields to discuss the themes on Any Human Friend, how she’s grown as an artist since her sophomore album, and the unfair stigma attached to women who are sexually explicit in their music.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Hit the link in our bio to read the interview!⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Words: @samdamshenas

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The first season of Euphoria has just finished airing its debut run to widespread acclaim, with particular praise aimed at the show’s nuanced, queer characters and representation of the modern LGBTQ experience. In celebration of the show’s success (it’s been renewed for a second season!), we’ve listed seven reasons why Euphoria is one of the most groundbreaking LGBTQ shows out right now. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Spoilers, duh.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Words: @pengaz

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Taylor Swift has explained why she’s been more publicly supportive of LGBTQ rights as of recent.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ The star covered the latest issue of Vogue and was questioned on the controversy surrounding her latest single You Need to Calm Down, the video of which starred numerous queer icons such as RuPaul, Ellen DeGeneres and Billy Porter.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ The video ended with the star urging fans to sign her petition for Senate support of the Equality Act on change.org.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ It was met with a mixed reception from various queer people and publications who accused Taylor for “appropriating” LGBTQ culture and using it to her advantage. Despite this, it caused a massive surge in donations for GLAAD.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Hit the link in our bio to read the full story!

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A total of 395 homophobic hate crimes were reported to West Midlands Police from March to the end of July this year – that’s almost double the number reported in the previous five months, according to ITV News.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ The rise in hate crimes has been described as “disturbing” by police officer Gary Stack, who also noted that the spike has coincided with continued protests outside Birmingham schools teaching LGBTQ-inclusive lessons under the No Outsiders programme.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Hit the link in our bio for the full story.

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In the next instalment of Queer Me Out, we spoke with our panelists on what it takes to be an LGBTQ icon. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Hit the link in our bio to find out more about they said, and to find out more about Queer Me Out. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #queermeout #WPrideWorldwide

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From mainstream depictions of LGBTQ lives on the big screen, you might be forgiven for thinking that every single queer experience ended in heartbreak and/or DEATH. But as we know, our lives are as nuanced and complex as our cis-hetty counterparts, and it’s important that we see this reflected in films. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ They may be hard to find, but these nine diamonds in the rough all have -SPOILER ALERT- happy (or hopeful) endings. So if you’re looking for a pick me up after watching Call Me By Your Name for the 17645th time in a row alone in your room, look no further!⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Did we include your favourite happy queer film? Let us know what you'd add to the list in the comments!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Words: @danielmegarry

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Andi Mack star Joshua Rush has come out as bisexual! 💗💜💙⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠ “I’m bi. And now that I’ve said that, I have a few things to rant about,” he tweeted. “There are more important things to talk about than me liking a whole bunch of genders, but I do want to share a few things with you guys.”⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠ The 17-year-old actor said that despite playing the first ever gay Disney Channel character, it was difficult for him to come out. “How ironic, isn’t it, that me, playing that character, never had mustered up that courage?” he said.⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠ Hit the link in our bio to read the full story!⁣⁠ Photography: @choutoo

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Yee - and we can't stress this enough - haw!!!⁣ ⁣ Since his professional music industry debut earlier this year, Orville Peck - the pseudonymous country star and queer cowboy - has kept his face and birth name secret, which inevitably led to speculation from fans and media outlets as to his true identity. But really, Orville’s identity is the least interesting part about him. His debut album proves that.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Pony – a 12-track collection of Southern rock anthems about love and loss that harken back to a time of outlaw stars from the American South – explores his life as a lonesome cowboy; a lonesome cowboy who just so-happens to never take off his mask and identifies as a gay man. On Winds Change, Orville sings, “Left my mind in the Salt Lake City, met a lot of men who would call me pretty,” while on Big Sky he reminisces about his past male relationships. “Fell in love with a rider, dirt king, black crown, six months on a knucklehead hog, I like him best when he’s not around,” he proclaims in his Elvis-styled tone. It’s rare to hear a Lone Ranger-esque country star croon about his same-sex encounters, so his true identity – like we said – isn’t the most interesting part.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Amplify 027: Orville Peck⁣⁣ Photography: @mattbarnesphoto⁣⁣ Words: @samdamshenas⁣⁣ Production: @alexkazemi⁣⁣ Fashion: @caitliniswright⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Hit the link in our bio to read the full digital cover story now!

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*gay screaming*⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ The iconic trio are reportedly working on a huge US and European tour in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Destiny's Child being formed!

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Laverne Cox has opened up on how her character on Orange Is The New Black, Sophia, changed the game for trans representation on TV. While she wasn't the first trans actress in a trans role on mainstream TV, the complex and nuanced portrayal of Sophia provided a new standard that paved the way for more inclusive shows to follow suit.

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Mel C is a true LGBTQ ally.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ During a performance with drag queens from club night Sink The Pink at Brighton’s Pride Pleasure Gardens on Saturday night, the Spice Girls singer took a moment to talk about the importance of supporting the trans community.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ While gay people have made great strides for equality over the last few decades, trans and non-binary people continue to be left behind, and have received an especially high amount of hate and misinformation in the mainstream media in recent years.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ “I’ve been given this very, very special flag by one of my beautiful dancers, and I’m going to be holding this tonight when I sing the next song,” Mel C said as she unfurled the pink, blue and white Trans Pride flag on stage for the audience to see.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ “This is a flag – I’m gonna get emotional again – this is a flag that we probably don’t see often enough, and this is a flag we all want to see a lot more of.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Hit the link in our bio to see her full speech!⁣⁠ Photography: @philipsinden for @sink_the_pink

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Lee Pace says he’s always “felt very safe” growing up as a gay man.⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠ The American actor, who’s best known for playing Thranduil in The Hobbit trilogy, said his role as Joe Pitt in Broadway’s revival of Angels in America gave him a better understanding of the queer community.⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠ Read the full story via our bio link!⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Photography: @alexanderonfilm for @variety

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Lads, start your engines!!!⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Earlier today, it was announced that Michelle Visage will compete in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing alongside stars such as Emma Barton, Chris Ramsey, Saffron Barker, David James, Catherine Tyldesley, Karim Zeroual and Mike Bushell.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Alongside her announcement, the BBC revealed that the upcoming British spin-off of Drag Race will premiere on BBC iPlayer this October. Michelle is set to reprise her role as judge with RuPaul alongside newcomers Alan Carr and Graham Norton.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Hit the link in our bio for everything we know so far about Drag Race UK!

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The Warsaw District Court have ruled against the far-right magazine after LGBTQ campaigners raised that the stickers were violating human rights by “creating a sense of threat and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.”⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ While they may just be stickers, this paraphernalia is a visual representation of the rising homophobia in Poland.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ In a response, the editor of Gazeta Polska said that this decision was “the greatest act of censorship in the history of the Third Polish Republic.” He's also previously related banning the stickers to Nazism, so it's fair to say he's not got a whole lot of perspective...

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SNATCHED: A'KERIA C. DAVENPORT⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ A’keria C. Davenport has been channelling the essence of Buffy the Vampire Slayer since her stint on the 11th season of Drag Race earlier this year because honey, she’s been slaying the entertaintment industry left right and mothertucking centre.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ The Dallas-born performer – who placed 3rd/4th on the series – has starred in music videos for Lizzo’s funk-pop anthem Juice and You Need to Calm Down by Taylor Swift, the latter of which just received seven nominations at the 2019 VMAs.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ On top of that, her season of Drag Race garnered a staggering 14 Emmy nominations – the most in VH1’s history – and A’keria was named one of the top 100 most powerful drag queens in America by New York magazine.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ We caught up with A’keria to discuss her time on the show – and that scene with Plastique Tiara that didn’t make the cut – working with Taylor Swift, and the importance of LGBTQ dramas like Pose.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Hit the link in our bio to read the full interview now!⁠ Words: @samdamshenas

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Unfortunately as she already plays Black Widow in the franchise, Scarlett Johansson is unavailable to fill the role 😞😞😞⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ According to Geeks Worldwide, a casting call has been released for an anonymous character called Jessica, a role for “a transwoman actress of any ethnicity in her 20s to 30s”.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ The first character that comes to mind is Sera, a former warrior of the Anchorites, the male Angels of Heven. She is notable for being one of the first trans women of colour in a mainstream comic.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Hit the link in our bio for everything we know so far and let us know in the comments which trans actors you want to see in the MCU!

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The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism (CSHE) have documented a nine percent increase in hate crimes this year in the 30 cities they surveyed. This is the fifth year-on-year rise in hate crimes, with 2018 marking the steepest climb since 2015. ⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠ The most common victims of these crimes were Jewish people, people of colour and LGBTQ people. The research concluded that there were spikes in violent hatred surrounding political events such as the mid-term elections. ⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠ Hit the link in our bio to read the full report.

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FASHION FOCUS: Fleece and fur in this heat? Duh! It’s fashion! Breakout model Martin Boyle stars in this month’s Sun-kissed fashion pages. Photography: @hanifah_mohammad Fashion: @umarsarwarx Hair: @_alexjames using @fudgehair Makeup: @tomfrasermua using @narsissist Fashion assistant: @faxworthy Photography assistant: @__huguette Model: @martin__boyle at @milkmodelmanagement

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Two members of German heavy metal band Rammstein, guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe, shared a kiss on stage during a performance in Russia’s capital city Moscow to protest the country’s anti-LGBTQ attitudes and laws.⁣ ⁣ While homosexuality isn’t illegal in Russia, President Vladimir Putin’s ‘gay propaganda’ law has created a hostile environment for LGBTQ people, while in the self-governed Russian state Chechnya, gay people have been rounded up and held in modern-day concentration camps, with many of them tortured for information and some even beaten to death.⁣ ⁣ Rammstein shared a photo of the kiss, which took place during their song Aüslander, on their Instagram page alongside the caption: “Russia, we love you!”⁣ ⁣ Photography: @jenskochphoto

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To mark the start of Pride week in Canada, prime minister Justin Trudeau - who has shown his support for LGBTQ rights through his entire career - stopped by the Fountainhead Pub in Vancouver. He became the first sitting prime minister in the country to visit a gay bar 🏳️‍🌈 Read the full story at gaytimes.co.uk now.

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Earlier this year, Lil Nas X publicly opened up about his sexuality. A month later, his viral country-rap anthem Old Town Road has now spent 17 consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, breaking records in the process. Shortly after the news was confirmed Lil Nas X posted on social media about the song’s origins, writing “I’m so thankful this blessing has been placed upon me.”👏 Hit up our link in bio to read the full story now. Photography: @camilafalquez for @teenvogue

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We've got some BIG news! As you all know, we love new music and supporting emerging queer talent. But now we can give an even bigger platform to our faves after teaming up with Apple Music as part of a significant collaboration.⁣ ⁣ Through a series of GAY TIMES-curated playlists available exclusively on Apple Music, queer music acts from across the LGBTQ community will have a new platform for the great work they are already producing.⁣ ⁣ The project is being supported by a wider GAY TIMES and Apple Music media campaign, featuring next generation queer talent such as Kim Petras, GIRLI, Vincint and ALMA, and can be seen on digital billboards across London and Manchester throughout both cities’ Pride celebrations this summer.⁣ ⁣ While launching during the Pride season, this marks the beginning of a long-term commitment by GAY TIMES and Apple Music to continue amplifying queer voices across their platforms.⁣ ⁣ You can check out our Queer & Now playlist on Apple Music now, which is updated weekly. It's a collection of the best new tracks by LGBTQ artists both established and emerging, shining a spotlight on the queer explosion that's currently taking place in music.⁣ ⁣ Let us know your favourite new artists who you'd like to see in the Queer & Now playlist by tagging them in the comments below!

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If you thought Little Mix’s new single Bounce Back couldn’t get any more sickening, then you were wrong.⁣ The girl group have teamed up with the Sink The Pink queens for a new Pride music video for their addictive new anthem, continuing their longstanding allyship with the LGBTQ community.⁣ ⁣ Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson face off with drag versions of themselves in the vibrant new visual, which you can watch exclusively on GAY TIMES via our bio link!

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Seeing as our party with W London and Glitterbox is officially at capacity, we thought we’d do a roundup of the other fab queer club nights taking over the capital on Saturday night after Pride in London!

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In 2018, Asia O’Hara competed on the groundbreaking tenth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and became one of the most beloved contestants in the show’s HERstory. The Texan performer sashayed into the werkroom with a legendary background in the pageant scene (she had won 11 prestigious titles) but later proved she could combine both comedy and glamour.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Despite being a frontrunner for the crown, Asia failed to advance to the top two during the show’s lip-sync smackdown for the crown. The revered performer planned to reveal a number of hidden butterflies from her wrists and chest, but unfortunately, the insects never got to – let’s just say – fulfil their potential. ‘Twas a gag.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Although it was a devastating moment for Asia, it earned iconic status – ultimately earning a MTV Movie and TV Award nomination for ‘Best Meme-Able Moment’. She tells us: “Everything happens for a reason, but in that moment it was shocking. In the grand scheme of things, I have been blessed with a marvellous career.”⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Earlier this year, Asia launched an assault on the charts with her debut single Queen for the Night and the follow-up, Crown Up, an empowerment anthem for queer people to “remember their purpose”. We caught up with the star and discussed her music industry debut, travelling with Werq the World and All Stars.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Words: @samdamshenas

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POLAROIDS OF PRIDE 🏳️‍🌈⁣ ⁣ Andrew Tess was on the ground last week at NYC World Pride 50 capturing the diversity, joy and PRIDE on display. ⁣ ⁣ If you’re in one of these pictures, DM us and we’ll tag you!⁣ ⁣ All photography: @andrewtess

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Dancer turned evening-wear designer turned costume creator extraordinaire, Derek Purcell has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, crafting pieces that have established him as one of the most creative and elaborate costume designers worldwide.⁣⁣ From redirection from Rihanna, to creating Beyoncé’s jaw-droppingly sexy gold catsuit (you know the one!), shooting with Kate Moss and redefining the Spice Girl’s most iconic 90s looks for their Spice World tour this year, Derek’s ability to bring out and elevate an individual’s personality through fashion is astounding.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Now, the BANG LONDON founder has taken his creative flair and applied it to a collaboration with W London in celebration this year’s Pride in London.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We spoke to the designer about how he’s bringing queer shine to Pride and where it all began for him.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Read the interview at gaytimes.co.uk now, and then look out for the GAY TIMES team decked out in head-to-toe BANG LONDON on the W London float at Pride in London on Saturday!⁣ ⁣ Photography: @ayeshashootspeople⁣ Graphics: @giulio.di.ghionno

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Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center eliminated the replication-competent HIV-1 DNA from the genomes of mice, marking a crucial step towards the development of a human cure.⁣ ⁣ Kamel Khalili, lead author on the study, said: “This observation is the first step toward showing for the first time, to my knowledge, that HIV is a curable disease. Over the years, we have looked at HIV as an infectious disease.⁣ ⁣ “But once it gets into the cell, it’s no longer an infectious disease but becomes a genetic disease because the viral genome is incorporated into the host genome. We think this study is a major breakthrough because it for the first time demonstrates after 40 years of the AIDS epidemic that the HIV disease is a curable disease.⁣” ⁣ Find out more about this exciting medical development at gaytimes.co.uk now!

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Dorian Electra is the embodiment of camp. No, not the kind of camp you used to watch with your parents on Saturday night TV, but a forward-thinking, high-fashion kind of camp – all while never taking themselves too seriously. If you imagine what this year’s Met Gala extravaganza could have been had everyone got the memo, that’s pretty much what Dorian oozes in every aspect of their artistry. Ahead of their incredible debut album Flamboyant, we spoke to Dorian about challenging toxic masculinity through their music, why camp as an art form deserves more respect, and whether the mainstream music industry is ready for a gender-fluid patriarchy-smashing artist like them.⁣ ⁣ Amplify 022: Dorian Electra⁣ Photography: @lance.i Words: @danielmegarry⁣ ⁣ Read the full digital cover story at gaytimes.co.uk or on Apple News now!

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YouTuber Khadi Don has come out in a new video to mark the end of Pride Month. The comedian and YouTube star, who found fame on Vine, has been open about sexuality in her videos before, but this is the first time she has officially come out, explaining that she was “tired” of being asked the same question. 💖 Read the full story and watch her coming out video at gaytimes.co.uk now!

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The Little Mix star has been confirmed alongside Geri Horner as a guest judge on the upcoming debut season of Drag Race UK! Find out everything we know at gaytimes.co.uk now.

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“It’s important for Little Gay Brother to have a banging party that also celebrates diversity and raise money for our community,” explains Clayton Wright, founder of Little Gay Brother. In Issue 497 we speak with him about the evolution of Little Gay Brother, and why it’s so vital to create a safe space for all queer people. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ SUMMER OF PRIDE⁣⁣ Photography: @thomasdhanens ⁣⁣ Words: @lewiscorner ⁣⁣ ⁣ AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE.⁣⁣ Subscribe now via our bio link!

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Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander paused during their performance at Glastonbury on Sunday to speak to the audience about LGBTQ issues and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. See the full speech at gaytimes.co.uk now!

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Madonna SHUT DOWN New York City Pride last night! Complete with a performance of Vogue, leather daddies and drag queen versions of herself, the icon also spoke on gun control and congratulated the LGBTQ community of this 50th anniversary. See some clips from the performance on our Instagram story! Image: @gettyimages

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FASHION FOCUS: Exude Model Behaviour by injecting electric bursts of colour and statement prints into your looks this summer. It’s Pride season so be fearless, and serve looks that will have eyes popping and mouths dropping, as you make the world your runway! Photography: @hanifah_mohammad Fashion: @umarsarwarx Hair: @svenbayerbach Makeup: @bernyferr Fashion Assistant: @mariana_fidalgo Photography Assistant: @nilikkhimani Models: @ar.thurzl at @milkmodelmanagement @__hidetatsu__ at @supamodelmanagement

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There really is no other artist quite like Aurora, Norway’s euphoric-pop connoisseur. As her new record A Different Kind Of Human continues to win over fans and critics, we spoke to her to find out how being at one with nature shaped her unique outlook on life and music, why it’s “not even worth listening” to homophobes, and how her track Queendom is an anthem for all the queers of the world - herself included. SUMMER OF PRIDE Words: @danielmegarry AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE. Subscribe now via our bio link!

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Rapper Lil Nas X, who rose to fame with his number one single Old Town Road, marked the last day of Pride Month by addressing his sexuality on Twitter, saying “thought I made it obvious”. Read the full story at gaytimes.co.uk now! Photography: @camilafalquez for @teenvogue

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Mazurbate might have one of the coolest jobs in the world. As well as DJing at nights across New York City, where he takes inspiration from his “roots as a queer latinx” for his sets, he also capitalises on his fierce sense of fashion to style for the likes of pop star Kim Petras and K-pop icon CL. We asked Mazurbate – real name Matthew Mazur – about his musical inspirations, where his love of fashion bloomed, and what his advice for elevating your style is. SUMMER OF PRIDE ⁣⁣ Photography: @lil_leaf_son Words: @danielmegarry⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE.⁣⁣ Subscribe now via our bio link!

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Earlier this year, LGBTQ activist and social media influencer Raymond Braun commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with an educational and eye-opening documentary about the importance of Pride Month. Teaming up with Oscar-winning director Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk) and Jeffrey Friedman (End Game), the one-hour long documentary follows Raymond as he travels to three diverse communities – Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama - and speaks to various members of the queer community about the month-long celebration. ⁣We caught up with Raymond and discussed the lack of education surrounding our history, his personal queeroes and the importance of making sure Pride is a protest, as well as a celebration. ⁣⁣ ⁣ SUMMER OF PRIDE ⁣⁣ Photography: @coryiander ⁣⁣ Words: @danielmegarry⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE.⁣⁣ Subscribe now via our bio link!

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YASSSSSSSSS GAGA! Speaking outside the historic Stonewall Inn today on the 50th Anniversary of the uprising that kickstarted the modern LGBTQ equality revolution, our queen Lady Gaga paid homage to the trans mothers of our movement and shared a message of love and unity as NYC prepares for the World Pride festivities this weekend.

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City. A historic event that saw a group of diverse LGBTQ people – lead primarily by trans women of colour – resist the overbearing pressures and powers of the local police force and establishment. Their act, in a piercing cry for equality and the rejection of prejudice and racism, marked the formal beginnings of the queer rights movement. On this anniversary, writer and author Matthew Todd looks back at this historic day, explores how far the moment has come since the days of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, and explains how we all are responsible for each other as we look forward towards the next 50 years. Read the full digital cover story at gaytimes.co.uk or on Apple News. Amplify 021: Stonewall 50. Photography: Jerry Engel/New York Post Archives, NYP Holdings, Inc, Fred W. McDarrah and @GettyImages Words: @mrmatthewtodd

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Canadian actress Devery Jacobs is currently starring alongside Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane in Amazon Prime’s lauded fantasy drama, American Gods, as fan-favourite character Sam Black Crow. Sam is two-spirit and Indigenous, and it’s a role she hugely identifies with - and can play authentically - because she is a queer Native American and hails from the Mohawk Nation. “I never thought I would be able to have these different parts of myself and see my two communities come together within a role,” she tells us, before explaining the importance of authentic representation: “Anybody can play an idea of what they think a queer person might be like, they can create an idea of an Indigenous person's experience, but unless they've been through it first-hand, they'll lack that authenticity and truth.” Photography: @justinenelson Words: @samdamshenas

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Surprise, bitch. ⁣ ⁣ The ninth season of American Horror Story is sub-titled 1984, and it seems safe to assume that it will be set in the 1980s (duh), especially given the 80s slasher feel of the trailer, but beyond that we know very little.⁣ ⁣ What we do know is, that previous cast member Emma Roberts will be back alongside Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy, who will be making his acting debut. Sarah Paulson is also confirmed to return.⁣ ⁣ Read up on everything we know so far at gaytimes.co.uk now!

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Secure the bag sis!💰 ⁣ SUMMER OF PRIDE ⁣ Photography: @johnnovotny ⁣ Words: @danielmegarry ⁣ Fashion: @josephcharlesviola ⁣ Kim wears: @marcjacobs ⁣x @themarcjacobs Hair: @hairbyiggy at @opusbeauty using @oribe ⁣ Makeup: @gilbert_soliz for @theonly.agency using @marcjacobsbeauty ⁣ Nails: @nailsbyjuan.nyc ⁣ Fashion Assistant: @gillmils Photography Assistants: @adoyleee and @greylanhoffman ⁣ ⁣ AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE ⁣ Subscribe now via our bio link!

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Pop music’s most exciting star is tearing up the rule book. After exploding onto the scene with debut single I Don’t Want It At All - you know, the one that featured Paris bloody Hilton in the music video - Kim Petras has been on an upwards trajectory that simply refuses to falter. Dropping a new single each week, from disco anthem Sweet Spot to moody sad bop All I Do Is Cry, she’s setting the new standard for artists in the age of streaming. We spoke to the pop princess about the heartbreak that inspired her new Clarity era, why the music industry still discriminates against trans artists, and how she’s building her legacy one perfectly-crafted bop at a time. ⁣ ⁣ SUMMER OF PRIDE ⁣ Photography: @johnnovotny ⁣ Words: @danielmegarry ⁣ Fashion: @josephcharlesviola ⁣ Kim wears: @itsjeremyscott x @moschino ⁣ Hair: @hairbyiggy at @opusbeauty using @oribe ⁣ Makeup: @gilbert_soliz for @theonly.agency using @marcjacobsbeauty ⁣ Nails: @nailsbyjuan.nyc ⁣ Fashion Assistant: @gillmils Photography Assistants: @adoyleee and @greylanhoffman ⁣ ⁣ AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE ⁣ Subscribe now via our bio link!

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Serving Little Bo Peep realness 🐑⁣ ⁣ SUMMER OF PRIDE ⁣ Photography: @davis.bates ⁣ Words: @wjconnolly ⁣ Fashion: @aubreybinzer ⁣ Hair & Makeup: @robscheppy ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE ⁣ Subscribe now via our bio link!

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While it doesn’t take long to binge through Netflix’s Bonding, the series of 15-minute episodes has undoubtedly left its mark on audiences. Tracking the relationship of a gay guy and a straight girl on a journey towards sex-positivity, the show is an intimate and honest portrayal of sex work and queerness. At its heart is Brendan Scannell, who has been thrust into the limelight following the show’s success. We spoke to Brendan and discussed why he hasn’t become a go-to sexpert in his friend group, what queerness means in 2019, and why education is vital to the LGBTQ community. ⁣ ⁣ SUMMER OF PRIDE⁣ Photography: @davis.bates ⁣ Words: @wjconnolly ⁣ Fashion: @aubreybinzer ⁣ Hair & Makeup: @robscheppy ⁣ Headpiece: @plumedserpentess ⁣ ⁣ AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE. ⁣ Subscribe now via our bio link!